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JULY 2019

WELCOME Welcome to our latest Seashore Creative magazine, celebrating all things coastal. We have features on the following: Celebrating the Coast! The Creative Home Favourite Summer Reads Summer Projects We love discovering new places to stay by the coast and in this issue we have a another wonderful collection of delightful places to stay, where you can be sure of a very warm welcome. If you would like to be included in our Places To Stay Directory, or if you are a crafter, or artist and would love to be included in our Coastal Creatives category do get in touch. You can contact us at or Until the next time, have a wonderful summer! Images throughout the magazine supplied by the various companies, or publishers featured. Please Note All information about products and services are supplied to us by the individual organizations, or agencies acting on their behalf. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that all information is accurate, it may be subject to change. Inclusion in this magazine does not imply endorsement by Seashore Creative. Seashore Creative does not accept responsibility for the content of any external site. The views and opinions expressed by the individual companies, agencies and other contributors are theirs alone and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Seashore Creative.

Here comes Summer!



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Each of the properties have been luxuriously and comfortably furnished with an eye on p in size range from sleeping two to 16 people. Most of the properties are self-catering, wh catered by a private chef. “A stay at Caerhays is an opportunity to lose yourself in a truly fascinating part of Cornwall’s heritage.” www.

bringing together for the first time a portfolio of 12 unique estate properties which the Caerhays Holidays team. Caerhays is world-renowned for its award winning National ar Spring Gardens.

preserving their own distinct quirks and historically unique features. The properties range hile The Vean and Burncoose offer bespoke concierge services with the option to be fully y


The Pier stands proudly overlooking the picturesque harbour and the confluence of the two rosettes for cooking. The Harbourside on the first floor of The Pier, is renowned for u Head Chef takes much of his influence from the sea so Harwich lobster and crab are nea ambience of this delightful old town, a night in The Mayflower suite, complete with teles

Stour and Orwell rivers. Long established in Harwich, the hotel boasts four stars with using locally caught seafood, much of which is landed in the harbour opposite. Our arly always on the menu served whichever way you’d like. Stay over and capture the scope is a must!Â


Owned by the Grose family since 2006, the Mullion Cove Hotel is in a class of it’s own. Fo Crashing waves and spectacular sea views. Elegant, inviting luxury rooms and superb self sands just a short walk away, each of our lets has style and space in abundance, not to m top-class luxury holiday apartment, each is fully equipped for your stay.. Amazing food an the best and most romantic of hotels in Cornwall.

or over 100 years, guests have enjoyed it’s character, hospitality and first-class service. f catering holiday apartments. With spellbinding views to Mullion Island and golden mention a breathless sense of seclusion. Including all the features you’d expect from a nd friendly staff. These are just some of the reasons guests love Mullion Cove, one of



The Isles of Scilly, located just off the most Southerly tip of Cornwall, are still little known Star Castle Hotel is a perfect choice for an escape to Scilly – built in the 1600s in the shap star hotel with its own vineyard.

n in the UK, but much loved by those who have already discovered them. The pe of an eight pointed star, it is now a multi-award winning family-owned four



Celebrating The Coast

One of the reasons that we started Seashore Creative was to have the space to focus on our love of the coast and there is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you visit the coast. If you have an affinity with the sea, when you visit it’s like an injection of energy, similar to watering a plant, your body breathes deeper, you stand a little straighter, and you relax as you stop and stare and take in the view. Much of the excitement about a visit to the coast is in the anticipation. As children making the long journey in the car, or train, it’s usually a competition to see who will spot the sea first, often just a tantalising glimpse of blue on the horizon, before it is lost again behind trees, or hills. Being on the beach brings a freedom, hours slip away, there are fewer day to day pressures, the risk of getting sand in their devices means that families learn to play again, games that have been the same for generations. The general health benefits of the coast are well-known, walking, swimming, relaxing and breathing the fresh air benefits your whole body as long as you use the correct sun protection and swim safely.

Often the escape to the coast, inspires creativity, the sights, sounds and textures free your mind from the day-to-day routine and clutter of your home or in-box! Free from the demands of daily tasks, you discover a new freedom to explore possibilities. Whether you are visiting on your own, or with family and friends there is often a sense of shared pleasure at the sights and sounds of the coast. The laughter and excitement of children playing; the fun and activity in the villages and harbours as they open their doors to the curious visitors and celebrate their own events on the water and in the streets with festivals and carnivals. The colour of the water; the range of blues from turquoise to darkest indigo, that are rarely seen elsewhere, the way the sun dances on the water creating glittering showers of stars. The feeling of the sand underfoot, undulating and massaging your feet and the first refreshing touch of the water, waking you up from a thousand sleeps! Finally at the end of the day the shared delight of everyone as the sun paints the sky with its own magical sunset! Footnote: One of the most important things to do if you love the coast, is help to end plastic pollution, don’t use single use plastics and take all your rubbish away with you from the beach and dispose of it carefully. Another important way is to take part in beach cleans, find details advertised locally, or through the Marine Conservation Society.



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The Mount Haven is tucked away on the fringe of the ancient market town of Marazion, lo fortress of St Michael’s Mount. Our location away from the hustle and bustle of the town easy walking distance of the independent galleries, shops, and cafÊs of Marazion. The M award winning restaurant headed by Chef Ross Sloan.

ocated on the West Cornwall coast, and has fabulous views over to the iconic island makes us the perfect place to stay for those looking for a relaxing escape, but within Mount Haven has 19 beautifully appointed rooms, the majority with seaviews, and an Image credit: Mike Searle



With over 300 of the best located self-catering cottages and holiday homes in North Cor holiday homes in and around; Rock and Daymer Bay on the Camel Estuary, and Polzeath views, many are pet friendly and all are within a mile of the coast. Short breaks out of pea For more information contact: or call 01208 863206


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The Creative Home

“my special place, my sanctuary, the place where I can be creative, or just sit and dream”

For many of us the hustle and bustle of our daily lives means that the quote above often seems unobtainable, and yet there are ways of achieving both the space and time to create your special place. In recent times much emphasis has been made of the need to simplify your home and get rid of clutter. This is particularly difficult for creative people, especially parents. Who can argue against displaying your child’s first creative design - carefully constructed from a random collection of junk, while it may look like clutter, it brings joy to the child and is a source of pride to the parent! Similarly in the creative home there is always a need for workspace and very few crafts are tidy. Having a more relaxed approach does not mean that our homes are messy; it simply means that we have to be more creative about use of space. Creative homes more than any other may have less need to be ‘styled’, but it can be helpful to try and be more organised. One of the first steps can be to take a step back and see your home as a blank canvas, ignoring the current layout and see instead the overall floor plan. More and more people are working from home, particularly in creative businesses. Finding space for your creative business can be a challenge as it often involves more than a desk and a laptop. This often means that many of us need to create multi-functional areas and this is where you can really be creative with the use of space.

FEATURE In some homes architects have created upside down living, usually to allow access to a better view, or because of unusually shaped plots, but as in shared homes, or apartments, the use of the space becomes more fluid and so looking creatively at the space that you have available means that you may discover creative ways of using areas that not only meet your practical needs but also make more sense. One important factor is often finding enough natural light, and as our climate changes, staying cool in summer and warm in the winter. One of the secrets to combining both a sense of order and creative space is to create designated spaces. Gardeners are encouraged to create raised flower beds, or to allocate spaces in their gardens such as Monty Don’s ‘The Jewel Garden’ or the ‘Writing Garden’ separate areas all contained within the overall garden. In the current climate a more holistic and eclectic freer style is also developing. Gardeners and local councils are being encouraged to create wildflower gardens and verges where nature is left to thrive. Within a creative home it is possible to use a similar approach. Have some areas that are freer, while in other areas be more organised. Flowers can also bring an enormous amount of joy, planting a cutting garden where flowers from your childhood, or from your favourite place can evoke a memory. Even a single rose chosen for its perfume, colour or even its name can lift a space and make you smile. Blurring the edges of the interior and exterior means that you can extend your living areas in many ways by creating a garden room, an outside lounging space, or adding a living wall. Creative people often adapt outside spaces as their workshops. In our busy lives it is important to be able to stop, reflect, or bring back memories, so take time to create special areas where a painting, print, or small collection, can take you back to a time and place that you love. To help you in your quest for a creative home we highlight three beautiful and inspirational books. For creative people with a love of the sea we highly recommend Relaxed Coastal Style by Sally Denning, an absolute breath of fresh air and sublime inspiration in how to achieve a home that really evokes the meaning of: “My special place, my sanctuary, the place where I can be creative, or just sit and dream” Sally examines ‘Coastal Elements’ where she looks at colour palettes; drawing inspiration from the natural colours of the ocean as well as the textures of weathered wood, bare floorboards, sun-bleached fabrics and robust linens. In her ‘Coastal Hideaways’ she uses examples from varied coastal homes around the world to share beautiful examples of how to create your own relaxed coastal style.


Relaxed Coastal Style by Sally Denning Synopsis: In Relaxed Coastal Style, Sally Denning offers decorating inspiration for anyone lucky enough to live by the ocean, as well as those who only dream of it. Scientists tell us that living by the ocean makes us happier and healthier: increased views of blue space have a calming effect and sea air improves our ability to absorb oxygen. Being by water brings a sense of tranquility and relaxation and a home by the sea has never been more desirable. The first part of the book offers up Sally’s unique take on coastal style, celebrating the colours and textures of the seaside: bare wooden boards, uncurtained windows, and furnishings covered in robust linen or cotton that will endure salt water and the sun’s rays. Sally also looks at lighting, furniture and coastal decorative accents such as maps, charts and nauticalthemed accessories. She draws inspiration from beachcombing, displaying shells and driftwood to feel close to nature and the sound of the waves. The second half of the book visits a selection of glorious coastal houses, cottages and hideaways that are guaranteed to enchant and inspire. Wherever you live, relaxed Coastal style will inspire you to adopt the relaxed, informal simplicity of life by the sea. In Creative Paris by My Little Paris the writers talk about ‘The Spirit of Place’ “The space that surrounds us has direct impact on our behavior, our attitude, and our energy. We know that forest bathing soothes the spirit. Contemplating natural, wide-open spaces – a mountain landscape, the sun setting over the ocean – lets the brain “rest”. Similarly, the layout of the spaces where we work every day, or come home to each night can stifle our creativity - or, conversely, enhance it.” In this exquisite book we are given an exclusive glimpse into the homes and workplaces of some of the most creative and innovative entrepreneurs, sharing Paris’s freshest interiors. Every page is beautifully illustrated revealing personal collections and sources of inspiration.

Creative Paris by My Little Paris Urban Interiors, Inspiring Innovators Synopsis: For the past decade, French online phenomenon My Little Paris has divulged the city’s best-kept secrets in fashion, interiors, and lifestyle to some four million subscribers. In a relaxed apartment on the edge of the Canal SaintMartin, an aquamarine accent wall complements a vintage fridge and matching coffee mugs--setting the tone with the vibrant hue. Birdcages, vinyl records, and colorful kimonos mingle harmoniously with vintage photographs, dazzling African wax cushions, and contemporary art.

The view from a tiny sixth-floor walk-up reveals slate rooftops and open sky, while inside, in fashionshowroom style, a pair of silver Margiela designer boots, a plush orange bomber jacket, and a hot pink visor pepper the furniture. The My Little Paris workspace in an old carousel factory in Montmartre includes a “dream room,” green wall, and rooftop terrace overlooking Sacré-Coeur. This insider’s tour of Paris is made possible only through the abracadabra magic of the team behind Paris’s most popular lifestyle start-up. Their interiors--each sparkling with Parisian style--provide home inspiration and are rich with ideas for sparking creativity. Creative Paris: Urban Interiors, Inspiring Innovators (Flammarion, 2019) by My Little Paris In Artists’ Homes Tom Harford Thompson presents a collection of individual and eccentric homes and workspaces. In these examples Tom wanted to reveal the “true habitat of the artist, and the workings of the creative life. Each space is exactly how I found it, and nothing has been ‘dressed’, or styled. Although I am constantly inspired by the way my artist friends have designed their homes, their workshops and studios can be just as revealing, with an air of unconscious ease that comes from practical use. Their function informs their beauty.”

Artists’ Homes by Tom Harford Thompson Live/Work Spaces for Modern Makers Synopsis: In Artists’ Homes, writer and photographer Tom Harford Thompson presents some thirty individual, eccentric houses and workspaces, from a music producer’s studio in Hackney to an eco-warrior’s treehouse on the Sussex Downs. His evocative photographs show how our live/work spaces, whether a tumbledown cottage, a country farmhouse or a reclaimed factory, are beautiful because of the lives we live in them. With work no longer separate from home life, we see how these artists function in the homes that inspire them, pursuing the life creative. Among the artists and craftspeople featured are Billy Childish, co-founder of the Stuckist art movement; Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher, founding members of Crass and creative partners who set up their home and studio as an ‘anarchist-pacifist open house’ (Dial House, in Essex); music producer Liam Watson of the famed London studio Toe Rag; vintage motorcycle dealer Ian Hatton, of cult shop Verralls; vintner Peter Hall of Breaky Bottom Vineyard, one of the first wineries in the UK; and many more.



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Favourite Reads for the Summer! One of our favourite ways of escaping is to step inside a book, and in anticipation of your holiday, or when lying on a lounger, or even on your return here is our selection of some of our favourite summer reads.

A Home From Home - Veronica Henry A Summer Reunion - Fanny Blake

Synopsis: Sunshine, cider and family secrets…

Synopsis: One perfect villa, four old friends, Dragonfly Farm has been a home and a haven and a holiday that will change everything… for generations of Melchiors – arch rivals to the Amy, Linda, Kate and Jane were best friends at Culbones, the wealthy family who live on the school. Now, years later, they have grown apart. other side of the river. Life there is dictated by When Amy discovers her husband has been the seasons and cider-making, and everyone stealing from her successful interiors business, falls under its spell. and with a milestone birthday looming, she For cousins Tabitha and Georgia, it has always decides it is the time to reach out to her old been a home from home. When a tragedy befalls friends once again. their beloved Great-Uncle Matthew, it seems So, she decides to invite the other three to her the place where they’ve always belonged might beautiful villa in Mallorca for a reunion weekend. now belong to them… As the four friends gather, secrets are unearthed, But the will reveals that a third of the farm has old scores settled and new friendships forged. also been left to a Culbone. Gabriel has no idea Will this holiday bring them together or tear why he’s been included, or what his connection them apart? And will each of them grasp their to the farm – or the Melchiors – can be. second chance for happiness…? As the first apples start to fall for the cider harvest, will Dragonfly Farm begin to give up its secrets?

The Path to the Sea - Liz Fenwick

My Lemon Grove Summer - Jo Thomas

Synopsis: Sometimes going home is just the Synopsis: Could the lemon groves of Sicily beginning… be the perfect place to start over? The Boskenna, the beautiful, imposing house irresistible new novel from Jo Thomas, the standing on the Cornish cliffs, means author of Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard, something different to each of the Trewin will transport you to the island of mountains women. For Joan, as a glamorous young wife and sparkling blue seas. in the 1960s, it was a paradise where she and her husband could entertain and escape a world where no one was quite what they seemed – a world that would ultimately cost their marriage and end in tragedy. Diana, her daughter, still dreams of her childhood there – the endless blue skies and wide lawns, bookfilled rooms and parties, the sound of the sea at the end of the coastal path – even though the family she adored was shattered there. And for the youngest, broken-hearted Lottie, heading home in the August traffic, returning to Boskenna is a welcome escape from a life gone wrong in London, but will mean facing a past she’d hoped to forget. As the three women gather in Boskenna for a final time, the secrets hidden within the beautiful old house will be revealed in a summer that will leave them changed for ever.

When life hands you lemons ... is it ever too late for a second chance? Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can’t hide the shadow hanging over Citta d’Ora, which means not everyone is pleased to see their arrival. The dreams Zelda and her fellow new residents had of setting up a new life might be slipping away. But a friendship with restauranteur Luca could be about to unlock the possibilities that lie in the local lemon groves. And there’s a wedding on the horizon that might be just what the town needs to turn it around...Could a summer in Sicily help Zelda learn to trust her instinct and follow her heart?


Happiness for Beginners - Carole Matthews Synopsis: Molly Baker is living her best life.

Bring Me Sunshine - Laura Kemp

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twentyfive-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the antisocial sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Synopsis: Charlotte Bold is nothing like her name – she is shy and timid and just wants a quiet life. When her job doing the traffic news on the radio in London is relocated to Sunshine FM in Mumbles, she jumps at the chance for a new start in Wales.

But when she arrives she discovers that she’s Molly runs the farm as an alternative school not there to do the travel news – she’s there to for kids who haven’t thrived in mainstream front the graveyard evening show. And she’s education. It’s full on, but she wouldn’t have not sure she can do it. it any other way. So when the well-groomed Thrust into the limelight, she must find her Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking voice and a way to cope. And soon she to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn’t fazed. realises that she’s not the only person who But Lucas is distant and soon Molly finds life hard – out there her listeners are realises he might be more of a handful lonely too. And her show is the one keeping than she anticipated. And then there’s the them going. added problem that his dad is distractingly Can Charlotte seize the day and make the handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to most of her new home? And will she be able think of - could letting Lucas and Shelby in be to breathe new life into the tiny radio station a terrible mistake, or the start of something too…? wonderful?

Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay - Ali McNamara Synopsis: Amelia is a single mother, doing her very best to look after her young son, Charlie – but money is tight and times are tough. When she first hears that she is the last descendent of the Chesterford family and that she has inherited a Real-Life Castle by the sea, Amelia can’t quite believe her ears. But it’s true! She soon finds that owning a castle isn’t quite the ticket to sorting out her money problems that she’d first hoped: she can’t sell, because the terms of the ancient bequest state that any Chesterford who inherits the castle, must live there and work towards the upkeep and maintenance of the family home. So ever-practical Amelia decides to uproot her little family and move to this magnificent castle by the sea. Living in a castle on the beautiful Northumberland coast is fun at first, but organising the day-to-day running is a lot more complicated than Amelia first imagined. It’s only when she meets Tom, a furniture restorer who comes to the castle to help repair some antique furniture, that Amelia realises she might get the fairy-tale ending that she and Charlie truly deserve…

One Summer In Paris - Sarah Morgan Synopsis: One charming bookshop, two unlikely friends, and a summer in Paris that will change their lives forever… Grace can’t believe it when her husband of twenty-five years announces he doesn’t want to join her on their anniversary trip to Paris – instead, he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock, Grace makes the bold decision to go on this holiday of a lifetime alone. Audrey leaves behind heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no knowledge of the French language, her summer adventure seems doomed to fail. Until she meets Grace, and everything changes… Living in neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, Grace and Audrey form an unlikely friendship. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding each other might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.


There are also another two stunning books to look out for later on in the summer from the very talented Rowan Coleman and Miranda Dickinson:

The Girl at the Window - Rowan Coleman

The Day We Meet Again - Miranda Dickinson

Synopsis: A house full of history is bound to Synopsis: Their love story started with have secrets... goodbye… Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on ‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll stories. It’s also where Trudy Heaton grew up. both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant And where she ran away from... to be . . .’ Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St she is returning home with her young son, Pancras station. Heading in opposite Will, who refuses to believe his father is dead. directions, both seeking their own While Trudy tries to do her best for her son, adventures, meeting the love of she must also attempt to build bridges with their lives wasn’t part of the plan. her eccentric mother. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months’ time if they still And then there is the Hall itself: fallen into want to be together. disrepair but generations of lives and loves still echo in its shadows, sometimes even But is life ever as simple as that? This is a reaching out to the present… story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever… This is just a small selection of a number of delightful summer reads that we have recently reviewed on our sister website, to discover more visit:



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Summer Projects Embroidery is one of the most portable summer crafts, perfect for packing and taking with you. It is also one of the most relaxing, and soothing activities, away from everyday pressures and deadlines. You can while away hours creating small projects, or more ambitious items. It also gives the creator the opportunity to freestyle, or follow a pattern. You have the fun of choosing the colours of the threads, from the most subtle to more vibrant hues; there is also the tactile feeling of the materials that you use for your embroidery from linen to more delicate silks. Your creation may even become a family heirloom! Here we review three delightful books, from the traditional to modern.

Embroidered Country Gardens Create beautiful hand-stitched floral designs inspired by nature by Lorna Bateman Synopsis: Be inspired to embroider all the elements of an idyllic English country garden. Suitable for beginners as well as accomplished embroiderers, Lorna Bateman’s beautiful book includes 12 practical projects for you to make and adorn with exquisite floral motifs. Lorna walks you through a variety of stitches including raised and textured stitches, teaching you to embroider individual flowers with them and how to incorporate these into an original garden motif. For the nature enthusiast, there is plenty to get excited about: an A-Z of English garden flowers and how to stitch them; a section on stitching common garden insects; and how to embroider iconic garden imagery such as birdbaths and garden ornaments. Roses are the archetypal cottage flower and Lorna describes how to incorporate a climbing rose, rose spray and standard rose in your designs. Embroidered Country Gardens is peppered throughout with seeds of wisdom: invaluable hints and tips from the author to help you develop your own skills and unique style. As well as step-by-step instructions, there are also detailed photographs, outline template drawings and a fully illustrated A-Z of stitches.

Seashore Creative Review This beautiful book was one of the most highly anticipated books here at Seashore Creative, and it certainly lived up to expectations! What we love is the sheer volume of helpful information, particularly the detailed explanations of how to create each flower, plus the detail in the stitches, the patterns for tracing and the templates. The 12 projects are exquisite, including wall art, delicate pin-cushions, scissor keeper, pencil case, and much more, each one has all the potential to be an heirloom, to be kept and treasured for years to come. An absolutely stunning and gorgeous book!

Beaded Embroidery Stitching -125 Stitches to Embellish with Beads, Buttons, Charms, Bead Weaving & More - Christen Brown Synopsis: Add dimension and lustre to your sewing projects! Inspired by the magic of beads, buttons, and charms, Christen Brown shares eight stunning beadwork projects including brooches, bracelets, and wall hangings. A handy visual guide to 125 bead-embroidered and bead-woven stitches categorises each stitch by style, with a second alphabetical index to keep at your fingertips. A robust project gallery will inspire crafters of all skill levels, from embroiderers and sewists to crazy quilters, mixed-media artists, and jewellery makers. • Beads, buttons, and charms! Dabble in 125 beadembroidery and bead-woven stitches • Embellish eight projects, including bedazzled jewellery, wall art, and a sewing caddy • Search both the complete visual guide (with stitches organised by type) and the A-to-Z stitch index for easy reference.

Seashore Creative Review This is delightful book, full of detailed projects, and 125 bead-embroidery and bead-woven stitches. If you have ever wanted to create your own beaded project there is plenty of inspiration here! Richly illustrated, there is helpful advice about getting started, Christen shares her own inspiration and suggests ways of creating your own designs. This is followed with an introduction to beading techniques and the detail in the stitches, followed by step-by step guidance on creating the projects. Finally there is a gallery of the most beautiful examples.

Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches - The Classic Guide revised by Jan Eaton Synopsis: This classic book has been the go-to embroidery reference work since it was first published in 1934, owing to its clear instructions and huge library of stitches. It includes full illustrated instructions for over 400 embroidery stitches, ranging from simple border and outline stitches, to filling stitches, canvas stitches and pulled fabric stitches. Scattered throughout are dozens of inspirational embroideries to show the stitches in use. This detailed guide is ideal for those starting out with needlework as well as more accomplished embroiderers looking for inspiration for different stitches and techniques. This new, redesigned edition includes the internationally renowned embroiderer Jan Eaton’s revisions to the original text, and includes a preface by famed embroiderer Mary Corbet.

Seashore Creative Review This is a superb reference book, full of detail about how to create embroidery, canvas and pulled fabric stitches. More traditional in approach, the stitches are illustrated very clearly; it’s amazing how many different stitches can be used. Beautiful examples of traditional embroidery are also included.



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